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Ancient Door in the Cheetham Library, Manchester, from a Drawing by C. W. H.

GROTESQUE CARVINGS ILLUSTRATIVE OF THE DEMONOLOGY

OF THE MIDDLE AGES.

To front p. 172.

OF THE

PHILOSOPHY OF APPARITIONS;

OR,

AN ATTEMPT TO TRACE SUCH ILLUSIONS TO

THEIR PHYSICAL CAUSES.

By SAMUEL HIBBERT, M.D. F.R.S.E.

SECRETARY TO THE SOCIETY OF SCOTTISH ANTIQUARIES,

&c. &c. &c.

“l' the name of truth,
Are

ye fantastical, or that indeed
Which outwardly ye show?"- Macbeth.

THE SECOND EDITION, ENLARGED.

EDINBURGH:

PUBLISHED BY

OLIVER & BOYD, TWEEDDALE-COURT ;

AND

GEO. B. WHITTAKER, LONDON.

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TO

SIR WALTER SCOTT

OF ABBOTSFORD, BART.

PRESIDENT OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH,

&c. &c. &c.

SIR,

AMONG the pages of your various works, are many incidental notices of early and prevailing superstitions, from the perusal of which I have often experienced a more than common degree of interest, on account of their intimate connexion with the history of the Human Mind. You have, indeed, yourself occasionally adverted to the importance of investigating the mental principles to which certain popular illusions may be referred: in most respectfully, therefore, inscribing to you this little volume, in which such an attempt has been made, I beg that it may be considered as a sincere testimony of gratitude for the pleasure and advantage which I have frequently derived from your literary labours.

I have the honour to be,

SIR,

Your most obedient and

Very faithful servant,

S. HIBBERT, M.D.

Edinburgh, 29th March, 1825.

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